Longford 2 Rovers 2: Robbo's Verdict
Dave Robertson was disappointed to see two leads slip away in the draw at Longford Town.
Raff Cretaro in the first half and Phil Roberts in the second gave Rovers leads but the home side battled back on both occasions.
Speaking after the game he said that both goals were the fruition of training ground work:
“We worked on the game plan, we knew that Longford would be fighting tooth and nail. They are fighting for their lives and they did that for 94 minutes. We had a plan to get crosses into the box, Raff has run unbelievably well, it’s a strength of his we felt we could take advantage of and he does. He gets across and it’s a fantastic header that puts us 1-0 up.
“We then concede, a disappointing defensive error from a set-piece. We knew their threat from set-pieces, it was just a lack of concentration at the front post that should have bene dealt with. We’ll move on.
“Phil Roberts practices his free-kicks day in and day out religiously for 15 minutes at the end of training. So it was no surprise that we went 2-1 when we got that free-kick on the edge of the area. I thought it could have been one or two more. Gary is a young lad learning so I’m not going to destroy him, he knows he’s made a mistake as he tried to clear it.
“To take the lead on two occasions, especially away from home, is my biggest disappointment coming away from this evening but we need to get ready for Derry on Friday.”
Having had two games postponed following the mid-season break there has been a lack of games for Rovers but that now changes and Robertson says it’s something they will have to deal with:
“We are going to have a run of games. We went 50 days with two games to now having seven in the next three weeks. We have to prepare ourselves for that. I thought tonight was a good game, two competitive teams who clearly wanted to take the three points. Credit to Longford for their battling display and their endeavour.
“They’re a good honest group, they are a hard-working group. After we played St. Pat’s we had an extremely tough week. They then had the weekend off to recover from that and then we came in on Monday and turned our focus straight on to the game plan for this week. Attacking-wise it paid dividends we just need to cut out the defensive errors.”
Robertson is looking to add a striker to his squad during the mid-season transfer window following the departure of Jaanai Gordon and progress is being made:
“It’s going all well, I am in negotiations with two clubs currently and I will hopefully have answers one way or the other in the next 24 hours. If it’s a no then we will move on but for me it’s about bringing in the right quality of player into the club. I don’t want to bring someone in that is just going to keep us the same. I want someone to come in and make an impact. We have moved up into sixth and if we are to bring in players we need to make sure they are of the highest possible quality and that’s what I am trying to do.”
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